People who know me personally are aware that I only take sick kids to the doctor when I absolutely have to. I don't take temperatures, I don't worry about strep. If a kid is sick, he lies around until he gets better, unless he has a high fever/pain that doesn't respond to Motrin. (Yes, I know, I'm a dead ringer for Florence Nightingale.)
Usually, this laidback attitude pays off; but there was the time I did finally bestir myself to take a 4-year-old David into the doctor for what seemed to be the absolutely worst case of pinkeye I had ever seen. I mean, his face was sort of swollen and he was just lying there, not moving, in the easy chair. Turns out he had pneumonia, poor kid. Yeah. Sort of called that one wrong, didn't I?
All of which leads to today's problem: Brian had a cold 3 weeks ago (see how useful keeping a blog is?), and he is still coughing. Perfectly fine otherwise, but every morning I hear him hacking away like a 3-pack-a-day smoker. It comes back in the evening around bedtime. Oh, and if he tries to run, he coughs then, too. It's not wheezing or asthmatic sounding; it sounds like there is some gunk sitting down there that he is trying to get up. And he is still blowing his nose all the time.
So? What to do? No fever, no real complaints (he's a naturally cheerful guy), so it can't be walking pneumonia, can it? I'm not calling the advice nurse, because she would just tell me to bring the kid in, to play it safe. I hate to bring him to the doctor unnecessarily, because Lord knows what mysterious disease he'll pick up there. And I'd feel stupid having the doctor tell me that the kid just has a cold. I'm supposed to know what I am doing by now, for heaven's sake. Am I wrong in assuming that, if it was bacterial pneumonia, he would have a fever?
[Sigh. I Googled for a nurse hat image and got an absolute eyeful. "Buxom" doesn't even begin to describe it.]
[Nurse hat image: GraphicsHunt]